The Northland High School boys basketball team seemed to stay a step ahead of Walnut Ridge throughout its 59-52 victory in the City League championship game Feb. 19 at Columbus East.

The Northland High School boys basketball team seemed to stay a step ahead of Walnut Ridge throughout its 59-52 victory in the City League championship game Feb. 19 at Columbus East.

It was reminiscent of a year ago when the Vikings built a double-digit lead by the end of the first quarter and never led by fewer than eight during the remainder of a 65-52 victory over Marion-Franklin in the City final.

Many of the 74 consecutive victories Northland has earned over City League-North Division opponents and in City finals the last five seasons weren't nearly as close as those two games.

That the Vikings simply continue to get it done is what sticks out to players like senior guard Trey Burke, who has been a part of nearly all of those victories the last four years.

"For me to be a senior and never lose a City League game is a great accomplishment," Burke said. "Now we're going into the (Division I district) tournament in a great situation."

After the Vikings built a 27-19 lead by halftime against Walnut Ridge, the Scots focused on limiting Burke's touches. Although he scored just two second-half points - each on free throws - Northland never led by fewer than four during the second half.

Burke finished with 14 points. Jordan Potts led with 15 points and Devon Scott also scored 14.

The second-seeded Vikings began the postseason Feb. 23 against Groveport, which was seeded last of 42 teams for the district tournament. Franklin Heights, which awaits the winner on Saturday, Feb. 26, at Jonathan Alder, was seeded 40th.

"I think everybody kind of sat around and wanted a part of our flesh after (2010 graduates Jared Sullinger and J.D. Weatherspoon) left," coach Satch Sullinger said. "(This team) didn't let that happen."

WRESTLING NOTES - The last time the Northland wrestling team had a district qualifier was in the 2005-06 season when Xavier Lawson (189 pounds) finished fourth at the sectional tournament and then went 1-2 at district.

This season, the Vikings have two.

Junior Adam Bray (119) and senior Harold Mintsop (171) both placed fourth at sectional Feb. 19 at Pickerington North.

Bray is 38-9 heading into district on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 25-26, at Hilliard Darby.

"Throughout the summer, I went to all of these open mats, which prepared me," Bray said. "I went to open mats every Sunday and to a lot of weight-lifting, which helped me. I just have to be prepared mentally."

"It's been six years since we've had a district qualifier, and now we have two of them, so we're definitely pleased," Vikings coach Toby Hawk said. "We've been trying to break it down so that they prepare for each match methodically. (Bray and Mintsop) have just been listening well and both work really hard. They both deserve to make it to district."

Beechcroft has its first district qualifier since the 2004-05 season. Amos Gweh (160) finished third at the Division II sectional tournament Feb. 19 at Licking Heights.

Gweh will compete at district Friday and Saturday, Feb. 25- 26, at East.

Brookhaven had a pair of sixth-place finishers from the Pickerington North sectional in Jalen Bonner (140) and Devin Williams (160).

IN GIRLS HOOPS - Of the eight teams competing in second-round Division II tournament games Feb. 22 in one of the two district brackets, five were from the City League.

Beechcroft played fifth-seeded Big Walnut on Feb. 22 after opening the postseason with a 51-41 victory over Whitehall on Feb. 15. The winner plays second-seeded Eastmoor Academy or Canal Winchester in a district semifinal Monday, Feb. 28, at Pickerington North.

Jasmine Johnson scored a season-high 17 points and TaRonna Neal added 16 against Whitehall, which Beechcroft outscored 13-6 from the free-throw line.

The Cougars had lost four of their final six games of the regular season.

"We started off a little slow and sluggish, but in the second half we stepped it up defensively," coach Michael Fleming said. "Kandace Jemison played well defensively in the second half. For us, it's going to be about rebounding with us being undersized."

Northland was seeded second for the Division I district tournament and opened the postseason Feb. 23 against Marysville. Brookhaven was seeded sixth in Division I and opens Friday, Feb. 25, against Westerville South.

The Bearcats haven't played since Feb. 5, when they lost to Toledo Start 45-25. They lost three of their final four of the regular season but didn't have Essence Bates-Hatcher for three of those games. She is expected to return for the postseason.

CITY CHAMPS - The Northland girls bowling team beat Briggs 1,711-1,602 to win the City title Feb. 15.

Bradishia Foster was medalist with a 375 and Angela Holley rolled a 304 to lead the Vikings, who also have received contributions from Janelle Tyler, Alicia White, Cherie White and Alicia Wright.

"They had fun with it," coach Peggy Holley said. "We're a young team with only one senior (Wright), who's really been a leader on the team."

Walnut Ridge won its third consecutive City boys title as it beat Brookhaven 2,155-2,114 on Feb. 15.

AT A GLANCE

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Beechcroft, Brookhaven and Northland boys basketball, girls basketball, bowling, swimming and wrestling teams:

BEECHCROFT

BOYS BASKETBALL

Feb. 23 - Played Brookhaven in first round of Division I district tournament. Winner plays Westerville North or Marysville in second round, 8 p.m. Feb. 26 at Worthington Christian Middle School.

Of note: The Cougars were 12-8 overall before Feb. 23.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Feb. 15 - Def. Whitehall 51-41 in first round of Division II tournament

Feb. 22 - Played Big Walnut in second round. Winner plays Canal Winchester or Eastmoor Academy in district semifinal, 8 p.m. Feb. 28 at Pickerington North.

Of note: The Cougars were 12-8 before Feb. 22.

BOWLING

Feb. 18 - Boys: Finished 16th (3,094) at 24-team sectional tournament at Eastland Lanes behind champion Hartley (4,231); Girls: Finished 14th (2,552) at 21-team sectional at Eastland Lanes behind champion Westerville South (3,531). Advancing to district was Nellie Jones (464).

Feb. 26 - Jones will compete at district at HP Lanes. The top three individuals not on qualifying teams advance to state March 4 at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl.

SWIMMING

Feb. 19 - Boys: Did not score at Division I district meet at Ohio State. Competing at district were: Boys - 200 free relay (2:07.69, 29th).

WRESTLING

Feb. 19 - Finished last (12) at 13-team Division II sectional tournament at Licking Heights behind champion Licking Valley (222.5). Qualifying to district was Amos Gweh (160, 3-2, third).

Feb. 25-26 - District tournament at Columbus East. The top four in each weight class advance to state March 3-5 at Ohio State.

BROOKHAVEN

BOYS BASKETBALL

Feb. 23 - Played Beechcroft in first round of Division I tournament. Winner plays Westerville North or Marysville in second round, 8 p.m. Feb. 26 at Worthington Christian Middle School.

Of note: The Bearcats were 10-10 before Feb. 23.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Feb. 25 - Westerville South in second round of Division I tournament, 6 p.m. at Hilliard Davidson. Winner plays Watterson or Pickerington Central in district semifinal, 8 p.m. March 2 at Olentangy Liberty.

Of note: The Bearcats are 14-5.

BOWLING

Feb. 15 - Boys: Lost to Walnut Ridge 2,155-2,114 for City League title

Feb. 18 - Boys: Finished fourth (3,996) at sectional at Eastland Lanes; Girls: Finished 12th (2,650) at sectional at Eastland Lanes. Advancing to district was Madison Morris (470).

Feb. 26 - Boys team and Morris will compete at district at HP Lanes. The top three teams and top three individuals not on qualifying teams advance to state March 4 (girls) and March 5 (boys) at Wayne Webb's.

WRESTLING

Feb. 19 - Finished last (19) in 13-team Division I sectional tournament at Pickerington North behind champion Olentangy Liberty (239.5). The Bearcats had no individual district qualifiers.

NORTHLAND

BOYS BASKETBALL

Feb. 19 - Def. Walnut Ridge 59-52 in City League championship game at East

Feb. 23 - Played Groveport in first round of Division I tournament. Winner plays Franklin Heights in second round, 6 p.m. Feb. 26 at Jonathan Alder.

Of note: The Vikings were 19-1 before Feb. 23.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Feb. 23 - Played Marysville in second round of Division I tournament. Winner plays Westerville North or Dublin Coffman in district semifinal, 6 p.m. Feb. 28 at Olentangy Liberty.

Of note: The Vikings were 18-1 before Feb. 23.

BOWLING

Feb. 15 - Girls: Def. Briggs 1,711-1,602 for City title

Feb. 18 - Boys: Finished seventh (3,738) at sectional at Eastland Lanes. Trent Ranson (632) advanced to district; Girls: Finished ninth (2,791) at sectional at Eastland Lanes. Bradishia Foster (516) advanced to district.

Feb. 26 - Ranson and Foster will compete at district at HP Lanes. The top three teams and top three individuals not on qualifying teams advance to state March 4 (girls) and March 5 (boys) at Wayne Webb's.

SWIMMING

Feb. 19 - Boys: Did not score at Division I district meet at Ohio State. Competing at district were: Boys - Viet Nguyen: 500 free (5:15.75, 25th); Clay Siens: 100 breast (1:06.41, 25th); 200 free relay (1:38.63, 19th); 200 medley relay (1:52.17, 18th); 400 free relay (3:46.28, 25th)

WRESTLING

Feb. 19 - Finished 11th (31) at 13-team Division I sectional tournament at Pickerington North. District qualifiers were Adam Bray (119, 3-2, fourth) and Harold Mintsop (171, 3-2, fourth).

Feb. 26 - District tournament at Hilliard Darby. The top four in each weight class advance to state March 3-5 at Ohio State.